A XI 2011
Crossing the boundary between photography, art and sculpture, German artist Christine Erhard’s work is familiar and ambiguous at the same time. The architectural subject matter and modernist aesthetic seem familiar, until the unusual viewpoint and use of materials cause the imagery to appear distorted and other worldly.
Initially studying sculpture, Christine Erhard became increasingly interested in the images of the object, rather than the objects themselves, until photography and its ability to manipulate became her primary focus. She explores various movements within Modernism, with the avant-garde architecture of the Russian Constructivists a theme she returns to over and again.
Christine cites artists of the 1920s such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as her inspiration; artists who work in various disciplines – painting, poetry, graphic design, photography. Like Moholy-Nagy, there is a strong graphic quality to her work. For me, these works are both familiar and enigmatic, and very appealing.
MI II 2012
More of Christine Erhard’s work, here. All images courtesy of the artist.
I first featured Lena Wolff’s work in an earlier post ‘black dahlia’ (see it, here). Lena’s latest work is currently on show at Ampersand Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Called Call & Response, the title of the show alludes to the traditions of craft and folk art, and the pattens and iconography of American quilt making that are so deeply entrenched in Lena’s work. Through a reductive process of paring down and honing in, the resulting collages, prints and drawings reveal a dynamic pattern and rhythm creating contemporary, geometric abstraction.
Lena Wolff, Golden Dahlia, 2013, letterpress relief print, 17 3/4 x 17 in. edition of 40
Lena Wolff, Double Red Lines Stars , 2012, pen on paper, 6 x 12 in.
Lena Wolff, Black Dahlia, 2012, letterpress relief print, 12 3/4 x 12 1/2 in. edition of 40
Feature image: White Dahlia, 2013 collage with hand-cut paper 30 x 30 in.
Call & Response, Ampersand Gallery, Portland, Oregon until July 21st.
All images courtesy of the artist.
What do you think of Lena’s work? More in the gallery, here
Argentine artist Leandro Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to create a new installation in Dalston. Resembling a theatre set, the detailed facade of a Victorian terraced house lies horizontally on the ground with mirrors positioned overhead. The reflections of visitors give the impression they are standing on, suspended from, or scaling the building vertically like so many acrobats. Erlich’s installation will be accompanied by talks, workshops and live performances, exploring themes of architectural history, urbanism and perception. More, here.
Leandro Erlich’s previous, gorgeous Parisian installation, here
This mirrored street facade art turns pedestrians into acrobats.
The ‘Bâtiment (Building) was a mirrored installation by artist Leandro Erlich on display at Le 104 in Paris as part of their In_Perceptions exhibition. The piece is clever in its simplicity: a massive building facade is constructed on the floor near a towering mirror giving anyone reflected the uncanny appearance of being weightless’.
from Sustainable Cities Collective; more, here